Winter parking rules reinstated

Posted at 10:36 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 23:36:24-05

MILWAUKEE -- Winter parking rules and regulations will return Tuesday evening.

Relaxed parking rules had been in effect since December 22 due to the unseasonably warm weather but after Monday's snow storm, the Department of Public Works will start enforcing the winter rules at 6 p.m.

Officials said it is being reinstated to allow for safe, efficient and effective snow removal.

Some important things to note

  • The city has not declared a snow emergency or invoked the 4-inch rule.
  • The 5-Day Exception Parking Area is not affected.

For more information on city winter parking rules and regulations visit the DPW website.

Darren Hill is tag teaming with his wife to shovel out their driveway. He was hoping for little more help from city plows.

"For us to be sort of stuck out here, dig out of cars and make the street usable, is pretty rough," said Hill.

Getting her car free from piles of snow has turned into a big dig for Blythe Nissen-Davis. The street is plowed but her car is stuck.

"I fell like I'm chiseling actually a little bit," said Nissen-Davis. "I only have this car shovel, so a lot of arms and core."

The big challenge for Blythe and every one else is big chunks on ice that are impossible to move. That's why the city wants to clear the streets from curb to curb.

The city says it takes 18 - 24 hours to plow all of the side streets after clearing the main streets.

"We did have nine inches of snow," said Jeffrey Smith at the Department of Public Works. It was like plowing concrete, it was not a two-incher, it takes a lot of work to get it up to par."

The city expected all the side streets to have been plowed by midnight Tuesday.